Greetings from Mary Anne Buckles Crescent City Fuchsia and Epiphyllum Club president 2021-2023.
Good morning Fuchsia lovers! October....can you believe it? I can't! Before you know it, it will be 2022! Yes, we are having a meeting this month. Covid numbers have fallen in Del Norte so the Board felt we were safe get together. Delfie and Mary Anne will be will be serving our pot luck meal with masks and gloves so we hope you feel safe enough to attend because we have lots to discuss. Among the many things to discuss is adding begonias to the flowers that our club grows. The Board voted to add begonias and give them a 2-year period to see if they catch on. Personally I love begonias and look forward to getting to know more about them and to become more of an expert in growing them. Here's a personal challenge. Invite a "garden lover" friend to come to our meeting next week. There is lots of space in the Fairgrounds dining room to accommodate at least 20 additional people! See you Wednesday, October 20th!
This months’ meeting: Wed. October 20th 6 P.M. Winterizing your plants With Mark Danner
Mitzi Travis 1946-2021 Rest in Peace
EPI CORNER – October 2021 Well, here it is October and we have hardly seen each other thanks to the COVID 19 crisis. We have been cautious over the months but now we may be seeing signs things are slowly getting back to normal - we hope. With the recent outbreak here in Del Norte it is hard to say. It is especially hard when we recently lost one of our long-time members, Mitzi Travis, to this horrible disease. God bless you, Mitzi. We will miss you, but we know you have made it to a better place. With our Epies they have ignored the crisis and just kept on growing (and blooming) like nothing had changed. As for now, a few of you may be enjoying an off-season bloom or two even as our plants are getting ready for a cool winter. A dose of fertilizer right now will help next spring’s blooms which are starting to develop now. Use a blooming fertilizer like 0-10-10 meaning no nitrogen. Apply at half the rate recommended by the manufacturer. If you cannot find a fertilizer with the first number as 0 (zero) use one with a very low first number like 4-6. Anything higher stimulates growth and you do not want to stimulate growth right now. Adding fertilizer with higher nitrogen levels will do that. New tender growth is very vulnerable to frost (freezing) and it is also highly desired by those slugs and snails which will suddenly appear with the early rains. Speaking of tender growth, I know some of you will look at your Epies and see new growth. That is normal for this time of year and will soon stop growing and harden off for winter. In most cases that new growth now will be close to maturing for winter. Sheltering in a greenhouse or up close to the house under the eaves of the house will give added protection from those occasional freezes we get as winter arrives and progresses. Epies do freeze quite easily. You will cry if one of your prized Epies suddenly turns to mush during a freeze so take a precaution now and give them a little protection from freezing (and also our hard rains). Hope to see you soon. Enjoy. Don